Matt Harmon is a good, helpful neighbor. When a storm hits, he volunteers his time and his favorite tools to help clear fallen debris. He's invested quite a bit of his hard-earned money into the power tools that make a big job easier.
So, Harmon was not happy in November, when a car prowler struck his neighborhood and stole two chainsaws from his vehicle. But Harmon did a lot of things right that helped Bothell Police find and return them. He also helped with accountability. A suspect is now in custody, facing multiple charges.
When Harmon saw that his tools were stolen, he swiftly
- reported the crime
- accessed his porch video, and talked with neighbors (especially those with security cameras)
- retrieved pictures and serial numbers of his tools, which he'd carefully documented and saved
Those steps really helped our detectives locate and identify the stolen items and a suspect in the car prowls.
Learn more about the importance of saving the serial numbers of your valuables, and free, online tools you can use to safely & privately store the information.